Dr. Richard Scartozzi

Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery
Danbury, CT
21 years experience male

Locations

Danbury Eye Physicians & Surgeons

New Milford, CT

Address

120 Park Lane, Suite B203, New Milford, CT
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Danbury Eye Physicians & Surgeons

Danbury, CT

Greater Waterbury Retina

Prospect, CT

About

Bio

Dr Richard Scartozzi, MD, FACS, FICS, FAAO, FAPCR, CPI, specializes in diseases & surgery of the retina & vitreous including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, macular holes & puckers, retinal detachments & tears, eye floaters, complications of cataract surgery, uveitis, retinal vascular occlusions, sutureless vitrectomy surgery, macular eye vitamins, etc. as a Practice Partner at Danbury Eye Physicians & Surgeons. Principal investigator for several retinal clinical trials including the Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network (DRCR.net). Clinical Instructor at the Yale School of Medicine. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a new hea

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Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery

Retinal Surgery

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A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
Likely migraine: You likely have retinal/ocular migraines which have visual phenomena with or without headache. It's still necessary to have a dilated retinal exam to ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
Potentially: New or worse floaters, flashing lights in your vision and/or part of your peripheral vision missing, require a dilated retinal exam by an eye doctor u... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
Not always, but: Using this medicine requires regular surveillance by an eye doctor to monitor for maculopathy which can cause loss of vision. Visual field tests, auto... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
See below: The internal limiting membrane is the most superficial layer of the retina that is peeled during vitrectomy surgery to better treat conditions like ma... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
See below: You can drink anything in moderation; however, if it is alcohol you are asking about, you'd better ask your retina specialist.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
See a retina special: Diabetes damages blood vessels in the retina causing bleeding and swelling (diabetic macular edema - dme): nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy. This... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
Tractional: New abnormal blood vessels and membranes can grow over the surface of the retina in diabetics. These can contract, causing the retina to detach. This ... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
High blood sugar: Over many years causes the retinal blood vessels to be "leaky." fluid and blood collects in your retina and distorts your vision - this needs treatmen... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
See a retina special: A retina specialist is the correct person to treat the different kinds of diabetic retinopathy. For diabetic macular edema: laser, eye injections of m... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
See a retina special: A blocked retinal artery (usually from an embolus that traveled from somewhere else in the body like the carotid artery or the heart) can lead to visi... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
See a retina special: Diabetes damages blood vessels in the retina causing bleeding and swelling (diabetic macular edema - dme): nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy. This... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
See below: Though they can sometimes look similar, an eye doctor (especially a retina specialist), can tell the difference by doing a dilated retinal exam someti... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
No: But it is recommended that people with the moderate to severe forms of age-related macular degeneration use areds (age-related eye disease study) vita... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
No: Reassurance that this is not an uncommon problem is important. If the patient is very upset about these phenomena, then a psychiatry consult may be wa... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
Get help now: See an eye doctor. You will likely need antibiotic eye drops or ointments to prevent infection. You need to go asap.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
Yes: If you mean of the eyelids. This is sometimes associated with harada's disease. If you mean of the internal pigmented structures like the iris, then t... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
See an eye doctor: There are many dozens of possible reasons, some more dangerous than others. You need to see an eye doctor sooner rather than later.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
No: Macular degeneration is essentially a genetic/inherited disease. Trauma can damage the macula however.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
Possibly: If you have had uncontrolled diabetes for a number of years, you are at risk for developing diabetic retinopathy. An eye doctor can see this retinopat... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
See eye doctor: A poke in your eye warrants an urgent eye exam to make sure you do not have a deeper more serious injury... Even if you're vision is not affected.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
See eye doctor.: You must see an eye doctor, preferably a retina specialist, asap. You could have a retinal detachment among other things.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
Depends: Some corneal scars can be removed with laser. Other scars, like retinal scars, can not.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
Varies: Each individual patient can progress at different rates. See your retina specialist. The appropriate use of areds vitamins can lessen your risk. Also,... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
Yes: By definition, macula degeneration involves the macula which is the central retina which controls your central (not peripheral) vision.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
No: It is theoretically possible in a retina that's already at high risk for detaching anyway.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
No: The only eye transplants are corneal transplants. Retinal transplants are in the experimental phase.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
Yes: It can work for some patients (not all). Other treatmnets for glaucoma include medication eye drops and eye surgery (trabeculectomy, tube shunt, stent... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
Control: Control your blood sugar with the help of your primary care provider or endocrinologist. Stay on top of your eye disease by seeing a retina specialist... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
It can happen: It's best to have one's retina examined by an expert: a fellowship-trained vitreoretinal surgeon.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
Yes: A scratched eye can become infected without proper treatment. Also a foreign body should be ruled out. It is better to see an ophthalmologist at their... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
Right away: Glasses, contact lenses, refractive surgery (permanently) can correct astigmatism immediately.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
Yes: A surgical procedure called intacs may be an option. The right contact lens though may be the best option. A cornea specialist can review intacs with ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
Lightning bolts: Patients describe them differently: flash bulbs like from a camera, lightning bolts, arcs of light, etc.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
Absolutely: Especially if it is the central cornea and/or if it is not adequately treated in time with medications. Sometimes the damage is extensive and requires... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
Which kind?: Dry/nonexudative macular degeneration has no quick treatment, only areds vitmains. Wet/exudative macular degeneration requires timely injections of me... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
See below: New/worse eye floaters, flashing lights, and/or loss of peripheral vision (like a curtain or veil in one's vision) are symptoms. Rarely it can occur w... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
See below: Age-related macular degeneration (amd) is a retinal condition which affects older adults and results in a loss of vision in the center of the visual ... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
See a retina special: If there is no retinal pathology, it may be an ocular migraine. Still, it may be best to see a retina specialist for a second opinion to be sure.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
Definitely: If overused (like sleeping in them) and not correctly cleaned, you are at risk for a corneal infection which can lead to scarring.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
Depends: "pink eye" or viral conjunctivitis is highly contagious. It is spread by hand-eye contamination. Good hand hygiene is he best prevention no matter wha... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
See an eye doctor: That are lots of potential reason, from a stye to a serious eyelid skin infection. See an eye doctor asap.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
Many reasons: Optic disc drusen, papilledema, migraine, impending vascular occlusion, embolic disease, giant cell arteritis, etc. You need to see an eye doctor.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
See below: Do not use contacts again until an eye doctor examines you and clears you to do so. Otherwise you risk a recurrent corneal abrasion (scratch) or corne... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
Flushing: Try flushing your eye out with copious saline fluid. You could also use artificial tears (otc).
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
Time: It will go away within a week or two typically. Avoid blood thinners (aspirin, ibuprofen, etc.). Avoid strenuous activity (heavy lifting, bending, str... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
Unknown: Depends on what happened. You could always get another opinion by visiting another retinal surgeon.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
Artificial tears: Use frequently. However, any cause of chronic red eye must be found out by an exam by an eye doctor to make sure it is nothing serious. Please do so.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
Yes: It usually indicates that something is wrong like glaucoma. You must be checked by an eye doctor.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
Depends: You must see a retina specialist. Diabetic macular edema (dme) is treated with focal laser, intravitreal injections (avastin, lucentis, (ranibizumab) ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
See below : You should sleep with your head slightly elevated; but more importantly, you need to see your primary care doctor for this asap.
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Nov 5, 2012
Great feed back and knowledgeable physician. Stimulating responses to a variety of health related issues. I recommend Dr. Scartozzi without reservation.
Nov 3, 2012
Keep up the great work. Great answers. Looking forward to supporting you and building your reputation. Ron (Oral surgeon, orlando).
Dr. Scartozzi is a good Dr..He take care of patients with compassion , love , dedicated and knowledgeable
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you your answers were very helpful for me I was just diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes still trying to adjust and learning what to eat an
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This made me feel good. Thanks! I completely agree! Some things are not worth the money! I would rather be happy then be in horrible work situations!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I have not had any light flashes since sat. So I am waiting . The floaters seem to have calmed down

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, MD
Graduated 2002MD

Residency

LONG ISLAND JEWISH MEDICAL CENTER

Residency

Wills Eye Hospital

Awards

Clinical Instructor, Yale School of Medicine
Manuscript Reviewer, Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging journal
Manuscript Reviewer, Ophthalmology journal

Affiliations

American College of Surgeons, Fellow
American Academy of Ophthalmology, Fellow
American Society of Retina Specialists, Member

Publications

Rhegmatogenous retinal detachment after a lower extremity dog bite: a case report.
Bilateral improvement of persistent diffuse diabetic macular oedema after unilateral intravitreal bevacizumab (Avastin) injection.
Use of adjuncts in surgery and novel surgical approaches.
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